Beloved and famed Japanese animator/filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki plans to build a children's nature retreatby Marni Fogelson-Teel 09/02/15 filed under: eco play, green design, kid friendly, news
When beloved Japanese animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki announced in 2013 that The Wind Rises would be the last film in his storied career, many wondered what this creative innovator would do next. There are no new films reportedly on his horizon, but Miyazaki recently announced that he plans to fund the building of a children’s nature retreat on Kumejima Island in his native Japan. The two and a half acre project will include playground equipment and a two-story building that can accommodate up to 30 people. In an effort to support Kumejima businesses, Miyazaki wants to use local construction materials when possible and will also be consulting with locals on how the retreat should be run. Miyazaki’s films (including his Oscar-winning hit Spirited Away, the biggest film of all-time in Japan) often include environmental themes; we imagine that the retreat, set amid a virgin forest, will also reflect his love of nature and beauty. The retreat is expected to open in 2018.